Friday, December 4, 2015

Hero Portrait

Description: Students will identify an unsung hero in their own lives and interview him or her, using questions they compose themselves. They will use this information to write a mini biography of their hero and produce a visual representation of their hero. 

Standard(s):
W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

Proof:  Dillon powers 
English essay 
Hero
A hero to me is somebody who always does what's best or what needs to be done even if it's not what they want to do. For example, someone who works multiple jobs to pay their bills even though they would rather be having fun then working. My mother is that type of hero. She is always there for me no matter what, she works two jobs from seven in the morning until six at night, and she is always the best person she can be. 
As a child my mother grew up in an abusive home. She was a used by her mother and her father was the only one who would defend her. She always wanted to be a hair dresser in High school but never went to school for it. She graduated from Stevens high school in New Hampshire. However, Instead of being s hair dresser she found her calling as a day care provider. She started her own daycare and became a registered daycare shortly after. This meant that she could take kids in from DCF and kids with special needs. She had a very successful daycare for 15 years. 
During those 15 years she had ten families that she gave daycare for. She made a lot of money and even had my oldest brother and sister. She was able to stay home and raise them while running her business and making a living. She really enjoyed that part of the daycare. She loved working with the kids because it gave them a place to be loved and cared for which she didn't always have when she was growing up. After a while she grew tired of running the daycare because it was a lot of work and she moved to Vermont because she got married. Here in Vermont she applied and got accepted to the school. 
She has now worked at school for 15 years  and she loves it. She loves working with the kids and giving kids love which they don't always get at home. She just wants to make a difference in kids lives. She had fulfilled many different positions here at the school she has been a behavior interventionist or a BI a para educator, and the planning room coordinator.  She doesn't see herself as a hero, but knows she is as she has had five hero essays written about her. 
My mother has always been there for me since birth, she's been there to give me guidance, advice, and steer me in the right direction. She doesn't tell me what to do but gives suggestions, and is an all around good person. 

Reflection:
What did you like/dislike about the project? I liked the fact that I got to write a paper on my mom.
What was easy/hard about this project? The project was easy, I wrote a paper.
Do you believe you mastered the standard(s) being assessed? Provide proof of mastery, explaining what you did in order to meet the standard(s), or describe what you could do to achieve mastery in the future. Yes I did meet the standards, I used very clear and coherent writing to convey my moms expirences. This is evident throughout the paper, but is most evident in my body paragraphs. I go deep into detail about her expirences how she felt.
What did you learn from completing the project? That my mom is a very strong woman who has gone through a lot. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Narrative essay

Description: Students will compose a personal narrative essay in which they describe something meaningful to themselves and reflect on the impact it’s had on their life. They will incorporate sensory details to draw the reader into the essay, smooth transitions to link their ideas, and a conclusion that provides reflection.

Standard(s):
W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

Proof: Dillon powers
English essay
Failure
Failure is something that we all experience in life. Everybody goes through it, it's an inevitable part of maturing and becoming a better person. The key to failure is how people deal with it. Some people get down and sad, but that doesn't improve it and it's the situation at all. Use failure as a way to drive you forward and onward, to become bigger and better, and to succeed where you originally failed. I have failed several times in life, but instead of getting depressed I moved on, and used failure to drive me to succeed because I didn't want to feel that way again. One example of this is getting a job in the after school program at school.
My mom runs the after school program at my school. She is the boss that hires and fires employees. One of the other kids had asked her about getting a job, as he had done community service for her and she said yes. He worked there for a couple weeks, and I had interest at working there as well so I Approached my mother about a job. I honestly just assumed that the answer would be yes, as I am her son and she knows me And the kind of kid that I am. Her reply was not quite what I expected.
my mother didn't say no to the job, however she didn't say yes either. Her reply was that she wasn't sure I was ready or mature enough to handle the job. She said that I would work the rest of the quarter, but not get paid and if I could handle the job then we would talk about employment again. It bothered me that she wasn't sure I was mature enough but that didn't stop me, or get me down. I didn't like it but I worked the rest of the quarter everyday that I could and did my best each and everyday. I really wanted and needed the job, so I did my best and proved to my mother that I could handle the job. In the end, I got the job and have enjoyed it ever since. I am now in my second year of work there I am still enjoying the job.
This job an experience of earning the job has changed me a lot. It gave me a sense of pride to be earning my own money and be working for my mother. I learned a lot about working and having to earn the job. It also made me more mature to have to earn it and work with kids everyday. It opened my eyes to what it's like to get a job and have to earn the job.

Reflection:
  •  I liked the fact that we wrote the college essay. It was an easy essay to write that I enjoyed . I Believe that I met all of the standards being assessed. For example, engaging the reader by setting a problem. I did that in the first couple paragraphs. I needed to get the job, and was upset when I wasnt sure if I would or not. I talked about how upset I was when my mom said she wasn't sure if I could handle the job or not, so I did my best to work hard and get the job. I learned that I can persevere through things, finish what I need to do.